Syndicate bosses paying stand-ins to skip jail time

Malaysian police admit gambling syndicates and corrupt cops who protect them are a problem

Ah Cheng (not his real name) has been detained by the authorities dozens of times, and imprisoned twice, with each stint lasting eight to 12 months.

But unlike most other offenders, he has earned over RM500,000 (S$170,000) for doing time, from crime bosses who pay him to take their place and bribe police officers to make the arrangements.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 14, 2018, with the headline 'Syndicate bosses paying stand-ins to skip jail time'. Print Edition | Subscribe